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Netherlands, State in deal to promote fresh produce export

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 18:08 | By
Exports at the port. PHOTO/Print
Exports at the port. PHOTO/Print

Memorandum of Understanding with the Netherlands to develop a cool logistics corridor in a move that is set to boost export of fresh produce in the country.


The agreement, signed by Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen and the Dutch Ambassador in Kenya Maarten Brouwer, will facilitate private investment in cool logistics infrastructure to support transportation of fresh produce by sea.


During the signing, Murkomen lauded the strong relations between Kenya and the Netherlands which straddle trade and transport sectors, as well as development cooperation.


“The codeshare relationship between KQ and KLM has boosted Nairobi as an air transport hub in the region while enhancing Kenya Airways’ reach in Europe and the rest of the world,” said Murkomen. He added that the MoU will enable the Port of Mombasa to benchmark from the Port of Rotterdam and improve its competitive edge in the region.


Experts project that a well-functioning sea freight logistics system for perishables will double or even triple horticultural exports which could create up to three million jobs in the horticultural and agro-logistics industries.


The MoU is anchored by the Netherlands’ horticulture trade relationship with Kenya. Nearly half of the flower exports from Kenya are destined for the Netherlands, with Kenya’s avocado exports also increasing substantially.


The logistics corridor to run from Mombasa to Malaba will entrench Kenya’s leadership in climate change. Sea freight is far more efficient in terms of transport cost and carbon footprint (95 per cent lower emission than airfreight). Developing a sea freight logistics system for perishables will, therefore, enhance Kenya’s competitiveness.

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